Morning Service @ Beth Shalom | Communities Project

A few weeks ago I had an opportunity to photograph the morning service at Beth Shalom temple in Squirrel Hill.  As part of my “Communities” project, I would like to document as many different Pittsburgh communities as I possibly can.  That being said, I have special interest in the Jewish community.  Having grown up in the Soviet Union, religion has always been a taboo topic at home or at school.  Also, given the ever-present antisemitism, I did not find out that I were Jewish until I was 12.  I’ve been learning more about my heritage and culture in the recent years thanks to my kids, but having an opportunity to observe and document a religious service was a welcome experience.  Many thanks to Rabbi Adelson and the Congregation Beth Shalom community for welcoming me.

Pam’s and Andy’s Wedding

Pam’s and Andy’s wedding was one of the most emotional weddings I have ever seen.  Pam and Andy are so much in love with each other and it showed in every moment they were together.  They weren’t the only emotional ones.  Lately, it seems like wedding guests are more interested in taking photos with their cell phones than in sharing a moment with the bride and groom.  This wedding was different.  Of course there were one or two shutterbugs who saw the entire day through the viewfinder of their camera, but most guests and family members truly shared all the moments with the newlyweds and their families.  I loved capturing this day – congratulations guys!
Of course I could not have captured Pam’s and Andy’s story without my friend Jenny Karlsson – she captured the groom getting ready, as well as some of the coolest reception moments.